Dolly Parton Talks Retirement, Plastic Surgery In New Interview

Dolly Parton may be 73 years old, but that doesn’t mean she has plans to retire any time soon, if…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 4, 2019


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Dolly Parton may be 73 years old, but that doesn’t mean she has plans to retire any time soon, if ever

The legendary entertainer recently sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to chat about the “r word” as well as her musical beginnings, her iconic career and the cosmetic surgery she’s gotten over the years.

When asked about retiring, Parton quipped, “People always say, ‘Why don’t you retire.?’ I say, ‘And do what? What does that even mean?’”

When CBS Sunday Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil suggested she “sit on her pile of money and awards,” Parton had the best response.

“I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did,” she said. “It was the art, it was the job. I love to work. I’ve done well and I’m thankful for it.”

Answering every question Dokoupil threw at her with grace and a bit of humor, Parton even commented on the plastic surgery she’s undergone throughout her time in the spotlight.

“It is true that I look artificial, but I believe that I’m totally real,” she shared with a smile. “My look is really based on a country girl’s idea of glam. I wasn’t naturally pretty, so I make the most of anything I’ve got.”

When Dokoupil objected, Parton shut him down, adding, “I’m telling you, I’m not. You should have seen me this morning before I got ready to see you. I’m serious, though. I’m not a natural beauty, but I can enhance it. Whatever it takes, I do. I try to make the most of everything.”

Watch the clip below for more with Parton.

Dolly Parton will soon celebrate her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. To mark the occasion, the Opry will host a special exhibit highlighting the legendary entertainer’s time as a member of the Opry family. Read more on that HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.